London museums celebrate modern American artists

Three of London’s most famous cultural institutions will shine a spotlight on American art and culture in a series of blockbuster exhibitions this year.

Five exhibitions featuring some of the most celebrated US artists – including Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Grant Wood, Robert Rauschenberg and Alice Neel – are expected to help attract more visitors to the capital.

The exhibitions at the British Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern will cover artistic movements from the 20th century, from Regionalism to Surrealism and from Abstraction to Pop Art.

The Royal Academy of Arts’ February exhibition, America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s, will examine how American artists chronicled the decade following the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

In the autumn, the Royal Academy will bring together paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings of one of the most influential living US artists, Jasper Johns.

In March, the British Museum will stage The American Dream: pop to the present, an exhibition with works by American greats such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Chuck Close and Louise Bourgeois, alongside more recent works from artists such as Kara Walker, Willie Cole and The Guerrilla Girls.

Tate Modern’s major summer exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power will explore ‘Black Art’ in the period between 1963 and 1983.

Opened last month, Tate Modern’s Robert Rauschenberg, organised with The Museum of Modern Art in New York, is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work for 20 years.

Deputy mayor for culture and creative industries, Justine Simons, said: “One of our real strengths as a city is our internationalism, and our cultural institutions consistently and brilliantly celebrate this.

“As well as telling the story of our own nation, they also celebrate the world’s culture, and this series of exhibitions showcasing pioneering American artists of the last 50 years is no exception.

“From Surrealism to Pop Art, Londoners will have the chance to see incredible 20th century pieces, reinforcing our reputation as a global centre for contemporary culture that is very much open to the world.”

The British Museum, the Royal Academy and Tate Modern are among the capital’s most visited attractions welcoming more than 12 million visitors in 2015.

Pictured is Robert Rauschenberg’s iconic work Monogram 1955-59 which has travelled to the UK for the first time in more than half a century as part of Tate Modern’s retrospective of the artist.

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